Member’s Voice

Posts from and by Forum members.

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Where Are We Now…? One Family’s Reflections on Another Lockdown.

This is the follow-up to a previous Member’s Voice post about one family’s experience of lockdown. We suggest going to read the post ‘Where Were We Then…?’ before this one to learn more about Ben and Anna. Here we go again! On 1 January 2021 we spot snowdrops growing in Ben’s garden, heralding brighter spring …

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Where Were We Then…? One Family’s Reflections on the first Lockdown

In this post we hear from Anna about the ups and downs she and her son Ben, who lives with learning disabilities, experienced during the first lockdown. A bit about Ben Ben’s passion for music and phenomenal music memory are in his DNA! As a universal language, music connects him to anyone, so eclectic is …

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An empty Blue Badge parking space shows the yellow wheelchair icon associated with disability

“City of York Council remains disingenuous in its treatment of disabled motorists.”

Today we hear from Mick, one of our members, about the city centre blue badge parking issue. Welcome to Disability History Month (18th November – 20th December) and in particular the run up to York Disability Week (28th November – 5th December). Throughout very recent history disabled people have had to fight for their human …

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Speech bubble with the word ableism inside

What is ableism and why does it matter?

What is ableism? “In its most boiled-down, squished together, simplified form, ableism is the process of favoring, fetishizing, and building the world around a mostly imagined, idealized body while discriminating against those bodies perceived to move, see, hear, process, operate, look, or need differently from that vision.” Rebekah Taussig, Sitting Pretty I really like Rebekah’s …

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